An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha RX-A8A vs Denon AVR-S740H comparison definitely makes sense.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-A8A has 11.2 versus 7.2 for Denon AVR-S740H. Regarding power, then RX-A8A has such a W/Ohm ratio - 150/8 when AVR-S740H has a power of 75/8, 110/6. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-A8A but 0.08% for the AVR-S740H.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-A8A and 192 KHz/32-bit for the AVR-S740H. Only the RX-A8A supports Bi-amping feature. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The RX-A8A can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, and the AVR-S740H can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The RX-A8A can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the AVR-S740H. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Yamaha RX-A8A has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-S740H. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-A8A. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The RX-A8A supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the AVR-S740H. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
The RX-A8A supports 3 Multi-room zones, versus 2 for the AVR-S740H. Supported voice control technologies are identical - Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. It is also worth noting that the ECO mode is presented in each of the receivers. Both RX-A8A and AVR-S740H can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.